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may not have to look too far in order to find a replacement for next season.
That’s according toNoel Whelan, who has backed Diogo Jota to take over the mantle left behind by the Brazilian number nine.
Although nobody has claimed Firmino’s time at Anfield is coming to an abrupt end necessarily, histhis term have led to questions as to whether Jurgen Klopp could enter the market this summer.
However, Whelan has toldthat the Reds have already landed a ready-made solution in the shape of the man last year.
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“Liverpool have already found their replacement for Firmino, it is Jota. He can do that job. He is more effective when it comes to goal involvements. He will get more goals and assists more than Firmino. Quite frankly, Jota is a better player than Firmino now.”
The 46-year-old went on to say that theace’s should be markedly better given the quality within Klopp’s side.
This term the Brazilian has scored justacross all competitions – compared to during the successful 2019/20 campaign.
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Whilst there’s little doubtingsince arriving on Merseyside – albeit cruelly curtailed by injury – the Portuguese forward has all the of a clinical winger as opposed to a focal point striker.
For that reason, it remainsthis summer, if not only just to give Liverpool an alternative option.
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